A voyage is also a process of reflection and discovery of the relation between oneself and others. Some Secrets follows the voyage of a family that departs to Slovakia to scatter the ashes of their late father in their hometown: Grandma who wants to lay her son’s remains at rest in his hometown, but more than that hopes to return to her home before she dies, fastidious Mother who has a strained relationship with her daughters, pregnant Ilona, her eldest, worn out by housework, Zuzana who is having an affair behind the back of her always affectionate and kind husband Pavel, and Ilona’s son all come to break down the walls of miscommunication through the trip. Thanks to her son-in-law, Grandma regains her maiden name, and shyly Mother tells her two daughters of her love story with their father. Zuzana confess her affair to her mother and husband, and Ilona comes to realize her own resemblance with her mother. The strange freedom coming from the trip and the tumult around Father’s remains open the members of the family to communication and understanding. In the end they scatter the remains of their father all over Slovakia. They reconcile with a past strewn with misunderstandings and find a possibility of opening up a new relation towards the future. In other words, they find themselves and each other as a family, as humans, as women, freed from the thwarted relationship swelled out from the father as patriarch. Director Alice Nellis is impressive in her expression of broken relationships and communication through her elaborate directing style, contrasting the closed interior of the car against the scenery of Slovakia. The realistic performance of real-life mother and daughters Iva Janzurova, in the role of the mother, and Theodora Remundova and Savina Remundova, in the roles of the two daughters, is also worth noting. (Hyuk-sang Denis Lee)
Alice NellisAlice Nellis
Born in 1971, Czech Republic. Alice Nellis has an M.A. in English and American Literature and studied Scriptwriting at the FAMU in Prague. Her film career dates back to 1997, when she started making shorts and documentaries for Czech TV. In 2000, she wrote and directed her first feature film, Eeny Meeny, which garnered several international awards, including the FIPRESCI Special Prize at the Karlovy Vary Festival.